April 27th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Obama more popular than his policies

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/27/art.getty.obama.jpg caption="A new national poll suggests that President Barack Obama is personally more popular than his policies."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that President Barack Obama is personally more popular than his policies.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, released Monday, also indicates that 63 percent of Americans approve of how Obama is handling his duties as president. One in three questioned in the poll disapprove.

Democrats overwhelming approve of how Obama is handling his job as president; 61 percent of independents agree. Only 28 percent of Republicans say the president is doing a good job in office.

The survey, released two days before Obama marks 100 days in the White House, indicates that three in four Americans feel Obama has the personal qualities a president should have. But when asked if Obama agrees with the respondent on the issues, that number drops to 57 percent.

"Americans have two different assessments of President Obama. One, personal. The other, policy," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. "What does the public find most controversial about President Obama? His policies, much more than his personal qualities."

"Now that Obama is president, the number who agree with his views on the issues has gone down, while the number who say he has the right personal qualities has gone up," adds CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "That didn't happen the last time we had a new administration. In George W. Bush's first months in office, the number who thought he had the right personal skills to be president was lower than the number who felt that way during the 2000 presidential campaign."

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, with 2,019 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus two percentage points.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Marcia

    After all the feces that Bush/Cheney have done to this country......... Obama could sit on his hands, and we would be better off!

    April 27, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Robin

    Agreed. He is a nice person, good husband, and better father.

    But he is lacking in his presidential duties. I am not happy with him at all.

    April 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Bill in Austin

    Only 28% of Republicans think that the President is doing a good job. From all the whining, I didn' think it was that high. Geez, talk about a bunch of sore losers.

    April 27, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Mari( maybe one of my comments will be posted)

    His approval rating would be even higher if pollsters could reach those of us, with cell phones.

    Also, there is a lot of fear-mongering and misinformation out there, clouding some people's view of President Obama.

    God bless, guide and protect President Obama & his family!

    April 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. jp,michigan

    The first 100 days to many policies were shoved done the throat's of Americans and to hard to swallow. The spend thrift President used taxpayer monies to try and buy out the financial and automotive companies, when will we see good positive results. He also spent time bashing the former President (who did deserve it) and making excuses for the American people to foreign citizens abroad.

    April 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Maizie Helinsbach

    This poll shows that Obama is more popular than his policies, meaning that Obama's main concern is his own image and not the condition of the country. Get wise, supporters of this failed president.

    April 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. TCM

    What grade would you give Barack Obama on his presidency so far?

    34.19% A+
    12.03% B
    5.97% C
    7.57% D
    2.53% E
    37.73% F-

    From US NEWS and World REPORT....non biased....unlike MSM...get with the program CNN!!

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Georgio

    During the election this President was underestimated.".they will not vote for him when they get tot the booth, people are lying to the poll takers, Will not carry Pa, Jews in Florida will not vote for him, Latinos will not vote for him". Lately, I have noticed the tone of the pundits who predicted all this doom and gloom that' his more popular than his policies and now the polls are bearing this out!..what coincidence?. How do you separate the President himself from his policies? Can the same be said about or was the same poll take on Bush?. Was Bush policies popular than the President himself or was the other way around?. So In his policies he goes from 67% of total job approval to 57%..this still look healthy # to me. Did Bush have the same economic problem the country is facing to day besides the disputed election?. Mr. Keating there was no economic crises in the country..so why would people be critical of Bush's policies at that time?. It seems like it only news when his polls are going down!

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Lucy

    What's not to like? I still believe together we can change the world!

    April 27, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Simpliticus

    It is all about priorities. I too would like to see the President address the FISA matter but the economy is more important at this time! But do not be surprised if the 9/11 events are reopened. I have to suspect that the recent NYC flyover and scare may be associated with reopening the World Trade Center attacks!

    April 27, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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